Stefani Evans, CG
Stefani Evans, CG, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was Board certified in 2005 and elected to the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ (BCG) board of trustees in 2011. She served on the Board’s executive committee as member at large and vice president 2012—18 and was Nominating Committee chair in 2018. From 2009–16 she was a trustee for the BCG Education Fund. During her 2010–14 term as a National Genealogical Society (NGS) director, she chaired the NGS 2013 Family History Conference. A PhD candidate in the History of the North American West, she was project manager for the Building Las Vegas oral history project at the Oral History Research Center at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries 2016—19 and is the Nevada delegate on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association. She has taught in the SLIG Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and You Be the Judge courses and the You Be the Judge course at the Genealogical Research Institute at Pittsburgh (GRIP). She also mentored the ProGen2 Study Group and looks forward to SLIG Virtual 2020, where she will teach oral history in the Chinese Family History course.
Anthony King was born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area. He descends from Chinese immigrants who came to California, Oregon, and Hawaii in the late 1800’s. Having retired from a 30-year career with the federal government, he has resided overseas for more than a dozen years in Malaysia, Germany, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and China (5 years). His focus since retirement has been on Chinese genealogy. He has conducted research in such places as California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Hong Kong, and southern China. Over recent years, he has taken four trips to southern China (including stays totaling six months of the last two years) to conduct research regarding his ancestral villages. He now serves as a volunteer at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, assisting those who are searching for their Chinese roots, and also serves with the FamilySearch China team, helping to improve the customer experience for Chinese patrons. He has lectured on Chinese genealogy in cities throughout the U.S. and Asia.
Eric Leach serves as an Asian Experience Manager (Chinese Initiatives Product Manager) at FamilySearch, where he is responsible for developing online features in support of Chinese users. Eric retired from the FBI in 2016 after 25 years of service. He graduated with a BA in Chinese from Brigham Young University in 1989 and an MA in History from California State University, Hayward in 1997. For his master’s degree, his major field of study was modern Chinese history with a minor in western U.S. history, especially the Anti-Chinese Movement in California during the late 1870s and early 1880s.
Marisa Louie Lee
Marisa Louie Lee is an avid researcher and genealogist passionate about connecting families with records that matter to them. A former archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco, Marisa is co-author of the article "The A-Files: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors," published in the Spring 2013 issue of Prologue magazine. She served as a research assistant for the book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (2010) and as a researcher for the documentary film The Chinese Exclusion Act (premiering on American Experience on PBS in May 2018.) Marisa is a proud alumna of the San Francisco-based Roots program (http://www.friendsofroots.org/), which brought her to her grandfather's ancestral village in China in 2004, and continues to volunteer her research skills to assist program participants.
Kelly Summers, MS, AG
Kelly Summers, AG, received her Associate’s degree in Professional Genealogy and her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Community History both from Brigham Young University. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. She currently works as a part-time faculty member at Brigham Young University teaching Family History. She also teaches online Genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College. Kelly currently serves as the President for the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA). Kelly has been involved in genealogical research and teaching for more than twenty-five years. Kelly has four premier genealogical credentials through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) demonstrating genealogical research expertise is in U.S. Midwestern & U.S. Pacific, Mexico and Spain. Kelly is also an experienced researcher in US, Latin America and Southwestern European areas and China. Kelly's research interests lie in kinship research in primary source records and rural community reconstruction.
Mel Thatcher, PhD
Mel Thatcher, PhD, trained in the history of pre-imperial China and spent his professional life (nearly 34 years) locating and acquiring oral and written genealogical sources in the countries of Asia, Pacific, and Sub-Saharan Africa for the Family History Library system. During that time, he participated in the compilation of two major catalogs of Chinese genealogies. In retirement he has been teaching courses at the University of Utah in the history and civilization of premodern China to 1368 and the historical development and research uses of Chinese genealogies and local gazetteers. He has also presented at a number of Chinese American genealogy workshops.
Lena Stout has worked for Family History Department for over 11 years. Her expertise is in Chinese genealogy research. She has worked as a cataloger, in data analysis and now she works as a research Specialist/consultant at Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lena is a native Chinese and has always loved to genealogy work. She has participated in several genealogy conferences and taught Chinese Family History classes at the Family History Library. Lena and her Chinese team are working on developing Chinese online classes and making Chinese data more accessible to make Chinese research on FamilySearch better.
Lina Wakefield grew up in Malaysia where she learned to speak, read, and write in 5 languages. She is fluent in Chinese, Cantonese, Malay, English and Hokkien. She is currently working as a research specialist on the Asia Team at the Family History Library. She was a presenter at Rootstech last year. In her spare time, she loves the outdoor, boxing, and reading.
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